County commissioners bid out roadwork for 2024


Montgomery County Commissioners approved a notice to bidders Monday for the 2024 Community Crossings Grant funds. Nearly $1 million will be used on select roadways in the upcoming year.

Community Crossing funds have been earmarked for Concord Road from the city limits to C.R. 400N; C.R 150S from Ladoga Road to Nucor Road; C.R. 700N from U.S. 231 to C.R. 100W; C.R. 600S from U.S. 47 to New Market town limits; and C.R. 600S from New Market town limits to U.S. 231. 

Bids must be in the commissioners’ office by 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2024. Bids will be opened at 8 a.m. Jan. 8.

Commissioners received and took under advisement several annual bids for tires, aggregate, bituminous materials, oil, fuel, culverts, guardrails and salt. Montgomery County Highway Director Jake Lough will review the bids and return with recommendations at the next commissioners’ meeting Dec. 11.

Nine county bridges will receive maintenance work in 2024. Commissioners agreed to enter a contract with United Consulting for permit applications, hydraulic analysis, bidding services and post bid services totaling $143,000.

Bridges identified for maintenance include#9, #14, #25, #95, #127, #134, #136, #174 and #197. Bridges were identified by the county bridge improvement plan and bridge inspection reports.

Commissioners conducted a public hearing on a request from Ratcliff Builders to re-zone land at 1388 U.S. 136 from commercial to residential. The former doctor office will be converted to a residence. They also conducted a public hearing on a request by Nucor Steel to re-zone 4529 E. Ladoga Road from agriculture and commercial to industrial.

Commissioners also conducted a public hearing on amending and clarifying text in the county ordinance about zoning districts.

Commissioners also introduced a new ordinance as requested by the county treasurer. The new ordinance is needed to comply with a new state law for recording receipt of real estate and personal property tax payments.